The Manitoba Genealogical Society has a wealth of information about cemeteries in Manitoba. Since 1978, volunteers from MGS have visited over 1700 cemeteries in Manitoba. They have recorded the exact inscriptions (called transcribing) on every tombstone in each cemetery (name, birth/death date, and other wording). All data were double checked by another volunteer so the information is very accurate. A searchable index was then developed to enable a quick search of each cemetery. MGS has made these cemetery transcripts available to people searching their family histories. They are an extremely valuable resource for researchers.
MGS has indexed its cemetery transcriptions by the name of the Rural Municipality (RM) in which the cemetery is located, and in a few cases by the city name (e.g. Brandon and Winnipeg). A knowledge of which RM a particular town, village, or homestead is located is needed to locate a cemetery. Note also that individuals were sometimes interred in a cemetery other than the RM in which they resided.
Ways to Find MGS Cemetery Transcripts
1. Become an MGS member – this gives you access to MANI (MAnitoba Names Index). MANI can search the online database for names contained in our cemetery indexes.
2. Visit the MGS Library/Resource Centre (free for MGS members, $10 daily fee for non-members). The indexes are available electronically on the library computers and as paper copies.
Purchasing Cemetery Transcripts
Copies of most cemetery transcriptions may be purchased in one of three ways:
a) Through the MGS Online Store (E-store). Digital pdf copies will be emailed to you. Cemetery searches and the e-store can also be used by non-members. Click on the MGS Online Store icon on the Home page.
b) By email: The indexes are available electronically and as paper copies. For more details on how to locate and order a particular transcript contact us at 204-783-9139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
c) By mail: Print and complete the Cemetery Transcript Order Form. Mail it with the applicable payment to MGS Library Services, Unit E-1045 St. James Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 1B1.
The listings are presented in five columns as follows:
- MGS Cemetery Reference Number
- Name of cemetery (including colloquial name if applicable)
- Year cemetery was transcribed
- Number of pages in transcription
- Cost to purchase (GST is not applicable)
Amalgamation of Municipalities
Note that on January 1, 2015 several rural municipalities amalgamated and some now have entirely different names. For example, the RMs of Birtle and Miniota amalgamated into the “Prairie View” RM. Thus when searching for a municipality you will need to know if it has amalgamated with another RM. A list of the amalgamated municipalities can be found at http://www.gov.mb.ca/ia/contactus/pubs/manitoba_municipalities.pdf.
Joint Project of MGS with Manitoba Historical Society (MHS)
MGS and MHS have launched a joint project to assist researchers and genealogists in finding the location of Manitoba cemeteries and determining who is buried in those cemeteries. Using GPS, MHS has mapped historic sites, including cemeteries, from around the province. The cemeteries are published on their website under “Historic Sites of Manitoba” – http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/sites/index.shtml.
Once on the MHS website, you can search by Keywords, Municipality or Type. Under the third heading “Type”, click on “Cemeteries”. The next page lists many Manitoba cemeteries. Clicking on a specific cemetery gives the municipality and GPS location of the cemetery.
For our contribution MGS has provided our cemetery transcript information to MHS. The link on the MHS website takes visitors to the MGS website where people can purchase specific cemetery transcriptions of individuals buried in that cemetery. Each cemetery entry on the MHS website has a link to the MGS cemetery transcriptions page.
Manitoba On-line Cemetery Records
The following cemeteries have their own databases that are free for anyone to search.
City of Winnipeg Cemeteries
St. Vital https://www.winnipeg.ca/cemeteries/StVital/StVitalBurialSearch.stm